The 2006 Commonwealth Games - Melbourne

The 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Lysterfield Park XC Mountain Bike Race.

The Sun beat down on our heads and the sweat ran down our backs and riders went past with expressions ranging from pain and suffering to good natured fun and this was only on the long walk to the venue from the car park. As we walked my excitement grew to the point I was bouncing up and down and clicking my fingers like a 4 year old. I was at the Commonwealth Games, it was at the park that I had ridden my bike for over 10 years and there were thousands of people here to see what this MTB thing was all about.

Riding the Environment

Enlarge ViewOne of the recent revelations in Mountainbiking has been the number and quality of cheap affordable bikes to hit our shores. Never before have the masses been able to get so much for so little. The only downside to this, that I can see, has been the ever-increasing numbers placing a large, unsustainable burden on the existing trail networks.

Thredbo 2006

Thredbo, DH National Round 3 and 4X Round 5.

The Australian National series (DH and 4X) was off to not so sunny Thredbo for Round 3 of the DH and Round 5 of the 4X. In the lead up to the event speculation was rife that the 4X track would not be completed and to what extent the DH track would be modified from the preceding seasons form. All would be revealed come race weekend.

The 4X event was contested on a track built by Glenn Jacobs only days before the event. To his credit the track produced some great hard fought and close racing. The morning’s weather could only be described as diabolical with torrential rain and howling winds. Fortunately the skies cleared and racing went ahead. In the elite category two undefeated riders from the afternoon, Jared Graves and Wade Bootes went head to head in the final with Shane Wode Dave Inabinet complete with rapidly deteriorating light. At the end of the run it would be Jared Graves who would walk away with the win.

Overall Winners

Elite Men
1. Jared Graves
2. Wade Bootes
3. Shane Wode
4. Dave Inabinet

Elite Women
1. Emma McNaughton
2. Claire Whiteman
3. Caroline Buchanan
4. Melissa Hamilton

Tips for Women new to MTBing

Tips for women new to mtbking

[1] Get a bike that's your own. It's no good getting cast offs from the boyfriends/partners/mates. You won't feel it's your own bike. Go to a bike shop you feel comfortable with and buy a bike you like. It's good to get advice from experienced mtbkers on what to buy, do you want a rigid or dual, etc, but have your own bike.

Hard day at the Office

Fat Tyre Flyers ran their annual 'Hard Day At The Office" 8 hour enduro on saturday.
3 Members of the 'bung racing' team decided to race, but I defected from the group and thought I'd give the 8 hours a go solo (just to see if I could do it!) Matt Aldridge and Steve Munyard were left as a team of 2, and at 9am racing started. Lets go back a little, generally we like to get to a venue early, set up, eat some food and relax before a long day of enduro racing. Unfortunatly one the Bung racing crew turned his alarm off and went back to sleep, so things were a little rushed and not long after arriving at the venue, I was soon on my bike, and that would be my home for the next 8 hours.